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Hoop Dance, fitness classes offered

Plymouth School District Community Education and Recreation is offering a new Beginner Hoop Dance class, as well as numerous other fitness classes this summer.

Save $5 if you register by June 27 for the following classes, which will meet at the Plymouth Youth Center next to Riverview Middle School, 300 Riverside Drive, unless otherwise noted:

· Beginner Hoop Dance: This class will introduce beginner movements and techniques. Use your core muscles to help increase stamina, balance and flexibility. Hoops are provided for this demo offering, but also are available for purchase for $20. Class will meet with instructor Sarah Woelfel from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays from July 9 to Aug. 27; fee is $32 ($25 for district residents ages 62 and up) until June 27, then $37 ($30).

· Boot Camp: This is a high-intensity, muscle-confusing class, designed to challenge your fitness level in new ways. A 10-minute warmup will be followed by plyometrics, weight training, flexibility and/or cardiovascular exercises. Each class is different and will challenge accordingly, though beginners will be given options to grow without being overwhelmed. Class will go outside when weather permits. Class will meet with instructor Josette Svitter from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from July 7 to Aug. 27 at Riverview; fee is $57 (seniors $45) until June 27, $62 ($50).

· Couch to 2 Mile: After eight weeks, participants should be able to run 2 miles in 20 to 30 minutes. Participants need running shoes, comfortable loose-fitting clothes, a towel and a refillable water bottle. Class will meet with instructor Katie Schuenemann from 7:15 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from July 7 to Aug. 27 on the Plymouth High School track; fee is $40 (seniors $32) until June 27, then $45 ($37).

· Top Flight: This complete figure-shaping fitness program begins with a warm up and continues into aerobics, designed to strengthen the cardiovascular system. The mat work section of the class will shape and define arm, abdominal, thigh and hip muscles. Class concludes with stretching for flexibility. Class will meet with instructor Pat Moriarty from 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and/or Fridays from July 7 to Aug. 29; fee is $57 (seniors $45) for two sessions a week or $78 (seniors $62) for three.

Also offered are several Zumba classes, which will meet from July 7 to Aug. 27 at the Plymouth Youth Center. Zumba is a Latin-based dance class in which participants shape and sculpt their bodies through basic steps and movements. Fee per course is $35 (seniors $28) until June 27, then $40 ($33); or new this summer is a Zumba punch card for $25, good for any five Zumba classes.

· Monday morning Zumba: Class will meet with instructor Michele Radi from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

· Monday evening Zumba: Class will meet with instructor Amy Butters from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.

· Tuesday Zumba: Class will meet with instructor Judy Cowman from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

· Zumba Intervals: This is a split class of classic Zumba and Zumba- Toning, offering choreographed exercise with the added bonus of muscle strengthening. Class will meet with instructor Michelle Radi from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.

Visit for more information about these classes and others offered this summer, as well as a printable registration form that can be mailed to Community Ed & Rec. Online registration also is available; this option, which carries a $4 service charge, allows people to pay with a credit card and also to receive immediate confirmation of enrollment.

For more information, email, call (920) 892-5068, or stop by the Community Ed & Rec office on the north end of Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.

Farm conservation funds available

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced conservation funds available to farmers in several Lake Michigan watersheds. The funds are available to help farmers incorporate conservation activities to improve water quality and reduce phosphorus reaching the Great Lakes.

Farmers in the Manitowoc/Sheboygan, and the Milwaukee River watersheds may be eligible for these special funds to help clean up the Great Lakes, according to Michael Patin, district conservationist for Sheboygan County. All of Sheboygan County is eligible to sign up for the special funding opportunity.

“This is a great opportunity for farmers to improve their operations with specific conservation practices, and reduce phosphorus runoff in Sheboygan creeks and streams as well,” Patin said in a press release announcing the program. “Reducing phosphorus is the key to cleaner water in Lake Michigan.”

The funding was provided through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and is available from NRCS. Wisconsin is one of eight states participating in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). This is the fifth year of the initiative.

Producers in can apply at the USDA Service Center for funding to install conservation systems to reduce runoff and erosion. To apply, contact Patin in the Sheboygan Falls field office by July 18. He can be reached at 920-467-9917 ext. 101, or

GLRI focuses on conservation practices that are most effective at reducing farm runoff, as well as improving fish and wildlife habitat and controlling invasive species. Examples of these practices include waste storage facilities, crop residue management, no-till, nutrient management, tree planting, wetland creation, upland wildlife management, and brush management, among others.

For more information, visit or contact the NRCS office at the USDA Service Center in Sheboygan County.

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